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Hang Pictures on a Wall

A house just isn’t a home until it’s decorated, and hanging pictures allows you to show off your artistic side. Follow these step-by-step instructions and tips on how to quickly hang pictures and artwork on just about any type of wall surface in your home.

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Tips for Decorating with Pictures

Pictures on a wall in a living room.
  • Hang artwork so the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level.
  • Group pictures together and consider them as a unit, selecting those of similar sizes, themes and colors.
  • For groupings, lay the photos out on the floor in front of the selected wall area. Arrange the pictures until you're pleased with the results before mounting them.
  • Select artwork or pictures that complement the style and color of furniture and walls, as well as the wall space available. Sizes and shapes shouldn't be too big or too small.
  • Choose special art for central locations that can benefit from spot lighting.
  • Make sure that the frames are solid and will support the weight of the art without bending or breaking. Also make sure the hangers can support the weight of the items.

Mark the Wall Before Hanging Your Picture

Using a laser level to hang pictures.
  • Consider purchasing an assorted hanger and frame-back kit. Typically, it includes a wide variety of hanger hardware, such as sawtooth hangers, ring hangers, wire-and-eyelet hangers, and assorted wall anchors. If you have questions about these kits or other picture hangers, ask a Lowe’s associate.
  • If you plan to hang a row of pictures that are identical in size, use a long carpenter’s level or laser level to mark each hanger location along the wall. Laser levels also work great for lining up pictures on an angle.

Step 1

Hold the picture up on the wall near eye level.

Step 2

Mark the wall at the center of the top of the frame with either a pencil or piece of painter’s tape (easily removed). This is the wall mark.

Good to Know

If the frame is too large or heavy to hold, use a carpenter’s level or laser level instead.

Step 3

On the back of the picture, measure the distance from the top of the frame to the mounting hook or center of the stretched wire. This is the adjustment measurement.

Step 4

On the wall, measure the adjustment measurement down from the wall mark. This is where to hang the picture hook on the wall.

Hang Pictures in Plaster and Masonry

Many homes have plaster walls, and mounting on this surface can cause the plaster to chip. Masonry walls also require special techniques for hanging pictures. Here are a few tips for hanging on plaster or masonry walls.

Step 1

Before installing a nail or other fastener in plaster, drill a pilot hole that's smaller than the fastener, then gently drive in the fastener.

Good to Know

Mounting on masonry requires a special masonry drill bit and masonry screws.

Step 2

Select hanging location.

Step 3

Mark the location using the holes on the hanger as a guide.

Step 4

Use a masonry bit to drill the holes about 1/4 of an inch deeper than the length of the screw.

Caution

For safety, always wear eye protection when drilling into a masonry wall.

Step 5

Fasten the hanger with masonry screws.

Step 6

Hang the object.